World’s best: Jeptoo’s marathon has just began

Wednesday November 13 2013

PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA Priscah Jeptoo (centre), the World Marathon Majors champion and her husband Douglas Chepsiror enjoy the moment during a ceremony to celebrate winning the road running’s toughest world series on Wednesday, November 13 at Masaba village, Nandi County.

PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA Priscah Jeptoo (centre), the World Marathon Majors champion and her husband Douglas Chepsiror enjoy the moment during a ceremony to celebrate winning the road running’s toughest world series on Wednesday, November 13 at Masaba village, Nandi County.  NATION MEDIA GROUP

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The 2013 World Marathon Majors champion and New York marathon winner Priscah Jeptoo has predicted that Kenyan runners will rule the long distance charts for long if they uphold their present form.

Speaking during her colourful arrival ceremony at her Masaba village home in Nandi County on Wedneswday, Jeptoo, who claimed the Majors title after her win in New York gold last week stressed that Kenyan runners have displayed spectacular performance.

“Kenyan marathoners are currently in good shape to rule the global charts and we wish they stretch their form in other races. We hope the trend continues that way so that we rule the world,” said Jeptoo.
Jeptoo, who kick-started the season by winning the London Marathon in April, four months after she bagged silver at the Olympic Games said Kenyan woman marathoners deserved great praise for scooping the first four slots and crushed their all-time competitors, the Ethiopians.
However, the 29-year-old athlete who started running while a student at Itigo Girls, admitted she least expected the Majors title.
“I lined up in New York knowing that I had to win the race because other Kenyan runners were up to it and were on the leaderboard. But even so, winning the jackpot prize is what I never expected,” she said.

BACKGROUND

The athlete, who was born and bred at Nandi’s Chepnoet village, claimed the WMM title after securing 75 points, her c training partner and compa